FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #3, Issue #13December

Welcome | Issues Update | Upcoming Events | Resources | Contact Us | Donate

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Hans Ephraimson-Abt, FOS11 Advisory Board
Chairman; Mrs. Nicole Guedj, French Secretary
of State of Victims' Rights; Tom Rogér, FOS11
Board Member; and Don Goodrich, FOS11
Board Chairman. Mrs. Guedj visited the FOS11
office to discuss the Victim Compensation Fund.

The holidays are a time for sharing and we are grateful to our members and supporters for their generosity. This year’s holiday card features a quote from a student who experienced his own loss and has reached out to families of 9/11 through his writing. His simple thought -- "I give my love and hope" -- is a lovely sentiment that lifts us all. His letter was part of a generous gift of letters written by junior high school and elementary students and collected by a FOS11 member in Texas. Thank you to our members who have replied with donations towards children's programs.

We’d also like to extend our thanks to everyone who sent school supplies and who dropped supplies by the office for FOS11 member Staff Sergeant Lawrence Provost and his team who are helping to build schools in Iraq. The supplies, Larry tells us, are much appreciated and will be used by children in need to help them look to a better future.

We wish you joy, love and peace now and throughout the upcoming year.

Issues Update

Legislative Update
Last week, Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. On Friday, Dec. 17, President Bush will sign the bill into law. The bill incorporates recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, including the creation of the post of Director of National Intelligence. The legislation will also create a National Counterintelligence Center to coordinate the nation's fight against terrorism. In a recent statement, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Christopher Shays, co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, made special mention of the importance of family members in getting the legislation passed. We, too, would like to salute the Family Steering Committee and FOS11 Board Members Carie Lemack, Robin Wiener, Don Goodrich and Stephen Push. Read the statement and view the bill.

Lower Manhattan Update
Families of September 11 Board Member Tom Rogér was one of seven family members appointed by Governor George Pataki to the Board of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. The mission of the nonprofit foundation is to oversee and coordinate fund-raising and construction of the memorial and the cultural buildings at the trade center site. Learn more about the WTC Memorial Foundation.

Common Ground Award
Search For Common Ground recently named Families of September 11 and Americans For Informed Democracy as recipients of its Common Ground Award for helping improve U.S.-Islamic relations. The award is given annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, and peacemaking. Families of September 11 was recognized for its efforts in cosponsoring "Hope not Hate," a series of town hall meetings across the country that dealt with the subject of relations between the U.S. and the Muslim community. The series featured broad, inclusive conversations between citizens and a bipartisan coalition of policymakers, journalists, military officials, and scholars.

FOS11 Executive Director Nikki Stern, who was a panelist at several sessions, will accept the award at a ceremony on March 17, 2005 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

FOS11 Chat Program
The FOS11 Chat Program is a great way to connect with others in the 9/11 community. On December 2, FOS11 held a chat session focused on coping during the holidays. Dr. Donna Gaffney facilitated the chat in which members discussed particular issues that they face and shared coping strategies with each other. If you would like to see a chat session on any issues or topics of particular importance to you, please email us at

Upcoming Events

Art for Heart Exhibition -- Through December
This month Drew University Library will exhibit Art for Heart, paintings by children commemorating family members lost during the attacks on the World Trade Center. The project was conceived by teenager Ali Millard, who lost her stepfather on 9/11, and wanted to bring other children together to express their feelings and memories. Nearly 200 children participated in art therapy and enrichment programs in New York during which they each created a painting on canvas as a tribute to their loved one. The exhibit will be on view in the Main Library and Methodist Library galleries. For more information, please click here.

WTC Holiday Visitation Schedule -- December/January
The Port Authority will allow families to access the remains of the footprints for the holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates: Sunday, Dec. 19; Sunday, Dec. 26; Sunday, Jan. 2. You can enter the site through Gate 7 (Liberty Street) Family Viewing Area. You will need your P/T number or family ID to gain access to the site.

For more events, please view our calendar.


WTC Victims' Jewelry Website
The New York City Police Department recently announced the creation of the World Trade Center Jewelry Recovery website to facilitate return of jewelry items. There are approximately 650 pieces of jewelry that remain unclaimed. These pieces include watches and wedding rings. Claims for jewelry will be accepted by the New York City Police Department Property Clerk Division starting on December 1, 2004 and ending on or about May 31, 2005. If a possible match is revealed, the claimant will be contacted to provide further documentation of proof of ownership such as receipts, pictures, appraisals, etc. To make a claim, please click here. For more information, please call the Property Clerk Division at (646) 610-5905.

Tools and Tips for Parents and Caregivers
FOS11's second package of tools for parents and caregivers focuses on dealing with the holidays. Currently featured on the Children of September 11 webpage, this package consists of articles by professionals who deal with children affected by trauma and ideas for understanding the effect of the holiday season on these children along with ideas on how to help children derive meaning and joy from the season. We would also like to hear from you about any ideas or approaches you have found successful, so that we might share them with other parents and caregivers. View the Tools and Tips and please email us your thoughts at

Free Treatment for PTSD
Thousands of New Yorkers are still struggling from symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. People with PTSD routinely struggle with intense anxiety and fear, vivid memories and nightmares, irritability with others, avoidance of places related to 9/11, poor concentration, numbness and depression, and becoming increasingly isolated. The good news is that PTSD is a treatable problem. The Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University is providing treatment at no cost. If you or someone you know might need help with 9/11-related problems like these, please call (212) 543-5367 for more information on research and treatment programs. 

December TOOL
Helping children and families understand the importance of compassion and support in an unpredictable world is challenging. This month's TOOL, titled "A Lesson From Nature: Cold Penguins to the Middle," reflects on the need for human connections following traumatic events and loss. Read the December TOOL.

Emotional Support Services Still Available
The American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program and The September 11th Fund recently announced that the American Red Cross will assume financial responsibility for the co-sponsored 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program through 2007. The program provides financial assistance with mental health and substance abuse treatment costs to people directly impacted by the terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad. In most instances, assistance is available to the affected individual and his or her immediate family members. Enrollees are eligible for financial assistance for a range of covered services and can chose to work with the licensed provider of their choice. Assistance is available for mental health and substance abuse treatment costs dating back to the time of the attacks.

For more information on the program and eligibility please visit: To enroll in the program, eligible individuals may call 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) 24-hours a day; Spanish Language LifeNet: 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-3373); or Asian LifeNet: 1-877-990-8585.

Remember. Honor. Hope.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.

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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.

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